People throw their Juuls out of windows and immerse them in water to stop

Henry Korman is exactly who Juul wants to use his e-cigarettes. He's not a teenager and he's a former smoker, so he thought replacing a cigarette with cigarettes was a healthy decision when he switched two years ago. But then he also wanted to stop the Juul. He tried it several times, cold turkey, without results. The Juul addiction stuck, at least until he found sugar snaps.

"I carry this large bag of sugar snaps to keep me busy and replace the Juul," he says. "I used to say" phone, keys, wallet, Juul "- I had to have that before I left the house. But now it's "phone, keys, wallet, peas."

Korman is not the only one trying to deter his Juul habit. What started as a way for some people to get rid of cigarettes has become a new kind of addiction that is made worse by the ability to evaporate almost everywhere. In other cases, people who started to steam just because the Juul was around have developed new nicotine habits. Stopping has proven to be extremely difficult for both types of users.

Korman says he eats a pound of sugar snaps every week instead of taking his Juul. He decided to stop last month because the habit cost him about $ 8 a day, the price of a single Juul pod. He also went on a health kick and realized that he was changing his diet and training habits, but still holding his electronic nicotine stick.

Kormans sugar bean arrangement
Henry Korman


The real motivation, however, came from recent reports about a mysterious severe pulmonary disease associated with vape. "You say I'm broke and death? "he asks. "No, thank you."

While vapen was initially positioned as a smoking cessation aid, it is increasingly being thrown into a darker light. A mysterious lung disease has killed at least six people in the US and reported more than 450 cases, and officials believe it is related to vapes – although the exact cause is still unknown. The American centers for disease control and prevention has asked anyone who uses a vape to stop during the study, and the American Lung Association did the same. Senator Mitt Romney has asked the Food and Drug Administration to recover e-cigarettes, and President Donald Trump this week called for a ban on all flavored e-cigarette pods. Meanwhile Juul is being investigated for marketing to minors and position its devices as a healthier alternative to cigarettes without FDA approval. Juul & # 39; s own CEO told non-cigarette smokers not to use his company's products. "Don't evaporate," he said. We contacted Juul for this report and did not hear back immediately.

This message has reached the vapers. There is a significant increase in the amount of discussion on social media about stopping Juuls and other vapen, according to data from Sprout Social, a company that monitors trends in social media. Between August 11 and September 9, there were more than 60,000 Twitter mentions about stopping or stopping the use of Juuls or Vapen, compared to just 16,000 at the same time last year. The data show a noticeable peak in people tweeting about quitting vapors at the end of August, around August 26, a few days after the first person died of lung disease. The peak in Juul users tweeting about quitting began on September 1, the same day The New York Times published a story that the lung disease is an & # 39; epidemic & # 39; called.

Shannon Dunlop is one of the people who recently stopped. She started to steam because her partner kept a Juul in their bedroom. He used it before bedtime, and she tried it just to get addicted. She used it for about six months and then started Juuling in the bathroom of her work.

"I was activated," she says. "I couldn't believe I got so addicted to something that never even really called me."


Dunlop tried to stop by hiding her two Juuls in a drawer and not buying pod fills. That didn't always work because sometimes she just bought more pods. Instead, her addiction broke when she started jogging one day and her chest started to hurt. She thought it was her guilty habit.

"I was like" I hate this thing, "she said." Maybe I'm out of shape, but whatever, fuck the Juul. "

When she got home, she took the Juuls from her supply, turned the sink, and immersed it in water. She placed the entire test on Instagram stories and ended the video by throwing a Juul in the trash.

"I took this huge position and told my friends what I had done, so I felt that if I bought (more) pods, I would just be a damn idiot," she says.

The Juul, once a trendy meme, is now a threat. At its peak of coolness, and before everyone realized how unusual this addiction would be, BuzzFeed published a story about vape memes called & # 39;24 tweets about Juul & # 39; s that only teenagers will like. " Vice tried to figure out Game of Thrones star Sophie Turners favorite Juul pod flavor. The New York Times has published a piece about 2017, the year in which it kicked the & # 39; Juul wave & # 39; indicates that Juuls & # 39; Too Cool & # 39; has become. The number of high school pupils increased with 78 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the FDA and CDC.


“What resonates with our generation is the memes, & # 39; told a teenager to the Times. "I haven't seen the Juul on TV. But you'll see a lot of memes about Juuling. It just makes it more socially acceptable – it preserves the thing that vapen is cool."

But Juul has lost his cultural cachet. The news about lung disease appears to be the main catalyst for the transition to quitting, and Juul users are turning to the usual nicotine quitting recommendations that have helped people to stop using cigarettes for decades.

Vapers say they have tried nicotine gum, patches or pouches to reduce their use, or try to replace their oral fixation with things like toothpicks. Some have investigated use essential oils or CBD to stop craving. Others go to extremes, throwing their Juul in the oceanfrom car windowsand in waste containers.

Froste, a Twitch streamer associated with 100 Thieves, says he recently left the Juul after hearing about all the health risks associated with vapors. He started out because he was addicted to cigarettes, but he says that vapen took a dark turn when people started using them everywhere, as opposed to a cigarette.

"You can hit it anywhere," says Froste. "True – a restaurant, a car, everywhere, even on an airplane."


He says he quit cold turkey nine days ago after he finished his use, but now he notices that he is hungry all the time and needs water. He also has physical withdrawal symptoms such as headache, cough and sore throat.

"Yes, it's a bit rotten, but it's not like I'd rather go back to Juuling," he says. "They are really one of the stupidest things that have become popular and cool with young children."

If you or someone you know is trying to stop vaping, the National Cancer Institute has an online resource available for teenagers. She also more information about e-cigarettes for adults.